Lakota United Soccer Club - Lynx: Tournaments 2004

October 2004 - Lynx Win LaRosa's Forest Park Invitational
Forest Park
The Lynx won their first tournament with a victory in the final of the LaRosa's Forest Park Invitational. The Lynx opened the tournament on a water logged field against the host club STAR Tigers. Despite the water limiting the Lynx's passing game, they run out comfortable 3-0 winners. The Lynx then took on the unbeaten Grosbeck Lightning and handed them their first defeat 5-2. Sunday morning began with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Beavercreek Celtics to clinch a place in the afternoon's final.
The final saw a mtch up against CUSL Premier rivals Fairfield Fire. The Lynx put together a fine display of teamwork and passing, the result being a fine 5-1 victory and the teams first tournament success.

October 2004 - Lynx Progress to CUSL In-Season Tournament Semi Finals
Competing in their first CUSL In-Season Tournament, the Lynx progressed to the semi finals before being eliminated.
In the first round the Lynx played Northern Kentucky United. The difference in ability between the Premier and Comp 1 teams was clearly evident as the Lynx rolled to an 8-1 win. In the second round the Lynx played Premier rival Sycamore Arsenal and again won easily, this time 3-0.
In the semi final the Lynx met Cincinnati Classics Hammer for the first time. The defensive minded Classics had only one shot on goal the whole game, but it went in. While the Lynx clearly had the upper hand in possession and created several clear cut scoring opportunities, hitting the woodwork twice, they could not find the net and disappointingly were eliminated 1-0.

August 2004 - Lynx ACC Runners Up
ACC 04
The LSO Lynx made it all the way to the final of the Arsenal Challenge Cup in their first experience of tournament play. The Lynx struggled in their first two pool games, recording a goal less draw against the Loveland Chargers and then salvaging a 2-2 draw with a last minute equalizer against Thoroughbreds (Lexington, Ky). That meant that the Lynx needed to win convincingly in their final game to progress to the final. This was achieved with a splendid 6-0 victory over Mockingbird (Louisville, Ky), the Lynx beating out Loveland on the fourth tie breaker.
In the final the Lynx faced the GSE Cardinals who had easily won their bracket. The final was a thrilling game with both sides playing excellent soccer. However, the hot August weather and the greater depth of talent of the Cardinals resulted in them taking the lead with just 6 minutes of the game remaining. The Lynx threw everyone forward in a valiant effort to tie he game, but the Cardinals took a deserved 1-0 victory.